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  • The MSUM School of Performing Arts brings together students and faculty who share a passion for the arts and provides opportunities for creativity, scholarship, and real world experience. The School of Performing Arts honors tradition while embracing innovation to deliver rigorous and progressive programs. This helps our students realize their potential as passionate leaders in their creative work and develops their talents into a career—and life—in the world of the arts.

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  • School of Performing Arts News
    • Solfire, Musical Theatre Ensemble concert
      Monday, Dec. 4 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Gaede Stage Come enjoy a night of music from MSUM’s very own Pop […]
    • President’s Winter Celebration of the Arts
      Friday, Dec. 1 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre
    • MSUM’s Poco Fuego performs at Moorhead Pangea
      MSUM’s “Poco Fuego” steeldrum quintet, led by Dr. Kenyon Williams, performed at the Moorhead Arts and Culture Festival “Pangea” on […]
    • The Wizard of Oz
      Saturday, Nov. 18 | 1 & 4 p.m. | Hansen Theatre The School of Performing Arts presents The Wizard of Oz Saturday, […]
    • MSUM Fuego Tropical Fall Concert
      Friday, Nov. 3 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Weld Hall Fuego Tropical, MSUM’s World Music and Percussion Ensemble, will present their […]
    • Boston Brass to perform and lead clinic at MSUM
      Saturday, Nov. 4 | 3-5 p.m. | Gaede Stage Boston Brass, one of the most famous brass quintets in the […]
    • Guest Percussion Recital Friday Night
      Friday, Oct. 27 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Gaede Stage Dr. Anthony DiSanza, Professor of Percussion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, […]
    • Fuego Tropical to Perform at ‘Unseen’ Charity Benefit
      Thursday, Oct. 26 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Sanctuary Events Center MSUM’s World Music and Percussion Ensemble, Fuego Tropical, will perform […]
    • ‘A Walk in the Garden’ Choir Concert
      Friday, Oct. 20 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium The MSUM Concert Choir and University Choir will be performing “A […]
    • Guest Artist Irena Ravitskaya
      Sunday, Oct. 22 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall Guest artist Irena Ravitskaya will be performing works for piano […]
    • Minnesota pianist named Van Cliburn Silver Medalist Kenneth Broberg to perform at MSUM
      Thursday, Oct. 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Gaede Stage When the young American pianist Van Cliburn won the first Tchaikovsky […]
    • MSUM Enrollment Increases for 2nd Straight Year
      The official Fall Semester enrollment figures for Minnesota State University Moorhead show an overall increase led by gains in new […]
    • What’s happening in Marketing
      Each year, the Marketing Communications team develops a holiday greeting from the university to faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends […]
    • Fuego Tropical to perform for 2,500 school children
      MSUM’s Fuego Tropical World Music and Percussion Ensemble will present their annual “World Music Celebrations” educational performance presentation for over […]
    • Media, Arts and Communications Fair today
      Wednesday, Oct. 11 | 3-5 p.m. | Roland Dille Center for the Arts – Hansen Theater Please join us today, […]
    • Brazilian percussion virtuoso to perform Friday at MSUM
      Friday, Oct. 6 | 12-1 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall The School of Performing Arts is proud to host Brazilian […]
    • New Adaptation of Macbeth takes MSUM stage
      Oct. 4-7 | 7:30 p.m. | Gaede Stage A blood-curdling tale of ambition, shame, jealousy, greed and murder takes the […]
    • Varying Degrees Percussion Trio to Perform at MSUM
      Sunday, Oct. 8 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Weld Hall The Varying Degrees Percussion Trio will present a performance in Weld […]
    • The Wizard of Oz
      Nov. 8-20 | Hansen Theatre
    • Fuego Tropical to perform at Spare Key Gala
      Saturday, Oct. 7 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Fargo Civic Center MSUM’s Fuego Tropical, the world music percussion ensemble directed by […]
  • Benefits of an MSUM School of Performing Arts Degree
    The School of Performing Arts faculty features impressive artistic and scholarly credentials, with an emphasis on active professional performance, ongoing research and a strong commitment to teaching. Faculty members participate with community and nationwide groups including: The Stage, Theatre B, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and Fargo-Moorhead Opera company. They perform solo recitals, concerts and play in many local jazz and commercial bands.
    The School of Performing Arts facilities include more than 25 practice rooms, Fox Recital Hall, Glasrud Auditorium, Hansen Theatre, Gaede Stage and three recording studios. As a student in the School of Performing Arts, you’ll have 24-hour access to the building in order to practice when it fits your schedule.
    MSUM has a rich history as a prestigious teaching college, and continues to highly value educating teachers, who help us fulfill our purpose of transforming the world by transforming lives.
    Joining one of MSUM’s 11 vocal and instrumental ensembles will broadly expand your performance repertoire and help you grow your skills as a performer. Music students have opportunities to perform in ensemble concerts, in chamber groups, and in solo recitals, including monthly department recitals.
    The MSUM University Theatre Series includes several mainstage productions, two annual dance concerts and many student-directed and/or created pieces each year. The mainstage productions involve students from across campus who participate as performers and technicians.
    Countless opportunities to collaborate across the School of Performing Arts, as well as within the School of Teaching and Learning, allow for enhanced learning and communication, giving you a well-rounded, versatile education.
    Learning Opportunities Outside the Classroom

    MSUM’s School of Performing Arts offers a unique and wide selection of learning opportunities to give you a well-rounded educational experience. You will gain professional-level experiences participating in ensembles, theatre productions, organizations and conferences.

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  • Careers & Outcomes
    The School of Performing Arts graduates enjoy rich and varied careers in theatre, music, education and arts industries.
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